Moodle for Students
Tips and instructions for students using Moodle in online and face-to-face courses at MLC.
- Moodle Overview
- Your Moodle Account
- Accessing Moodle
- Navigation and Features
- Moodle Dashboard
- Course Navigation
- Communicating in Moodle
- Text Editor Features
- Viewing Reports and Logs
- Accessing Your Course
- Common Moodle Tasks
- Downloading Course Content
- Participating in Discussion Forums
- Replying to Q and A Forums
- Submitting an Assignment
- Checking Grades and Feedback
- Viewing Final Grades
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Why can't I see my course?
- Why can't I get into Moodle?
- What email address does Moodle use?
- How do I know if my instructor received my assignment?
- How do I check my grades?
- Why can't I reply to the discussion forum?
- Can I use Google Docs?
- What is the difference between a discussion forum and an assignment?
- How do I contact my instructor?
- Who do I ask for Moodle help?
- How do I fill out my course survey?
- What do I do if the area to turn in my Google assignment on Moodle is too tiny to click?
Moodle is the learning management system (LMS) used at Martin Luther College. Graduate, Continuing Education, and other online students will utilize Moodle to access course content, submit assignments, communicate with classmates, view grades, and more. Moodle can also be used in undergraduate and face to face courses at the discretion of the instructor.
MLC KnightHelp contains documents and instructions for the most commonly used features of Moodle. If you need additional help, please contact your course instructor first. If they are not able to solve the issue, please contact MLC Network Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Moodle Account
A Moodle account is automatically created for everyone who enrolls at MLC. Account information will be sent to the email address you provided after your registration has been processed. Your Moodle username and password are the same as the username and password used for Portal. Please see the Getting Started page for more information.
Updating Your Profile
Your Moodle Profile allows your classmates and instructors to know more about you.
Accessing Your Profile Page
- Visit moodle.mlc-wels.edu and enter your username and password.
- Click the arrow in the top right corner of the screen next to your username and photo or photo placeholder and choose Profile.
- This section shows the user information that is currently in your profile.
- Click Edit profile to edit the information in your profile.
- Continue reading below for more information about each of the profile sections.
- The settings in the Additional names, Interests, and Optional sections do not need to be adjusted.
- When you are finished updating your profile, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Update profile.
- First Name/Last Name: This information is populated from the MLC database upon student registration. If you would like to add a nickname or a pronunciation of your name, please scroll down to the Additional names section.
Email address: Moodle will use this email address for all notifications and announcements. The default setting is your MLC email account.
- If you are a first-time student, please see these instructions to activate your MLC email account.
- It is suggested that you leave the email set to your MLC address, but you can enter a different email address in this field if you prefer.
- Email Display: By default, this is set to Allow only other course members to see my email address. It is suggested that you keep this setting.
- City/Town: Fill in with the city and state where you are located.
- Timezone: Leave this set to Server timezone (America/Chicago), which is the timezone for MLC.
- Description: You may fill in a short description of your professional work history or education. Please do not write a paragraph of biography information here. All online courses should have a separate introductory activity where you will share more information about yourself.
User (Profile) Picture
- If this section is not already expanded, click the words User picture to expand it.
- Please only use ID-style pictures in this section, not pets, logos, etc.
To Add/Edit Your Profile Picture:
- Locate an ID-style picture of yourself on your computer. For best results, make sure the image is less than 2000 x 2000 pixels. The file size cannot be larger than 2MB.
- If you have an existing picture you wish to replace, check the Delete picture box underneath your existing picture.
- To upload a new picture, either drag and drop the file into the box with the blue arrow or click the Add icon.
- If you click the Add icon, a file picker window will appear. Select Upload a file, then Choose File, locate the picture you would like to upload, and click Open. The path to the picture will appear in the Attachment box. Select the blue Upload this file button at the bottom.
- The new picture should appear in the New Picture area.
- This section is a quick way to view all of your blog entries, forum posts, or forum discussions across all of the classes you're currently enrolled in.
- Grades Overview: Shows the current grades across all of the classes you're currently enrolled in.
Setting Your Preferences
Setting your preferences allows you to control a variety of notification and viewing options. Changes made to your preferences will impact every course that you're enrolled in.
Accessing Your Preferences
- Visit moodle.mlc-wels.edu and enter your username and password.
- Click the arrow in the top right corner of the screen next to your username and photo or photo placeholder and choose Preferences.
- There are four different sections of preferences. Keep reading below for more information about each section.
- Takes you to the page to edit your personal information. See this page for more information.
- Changing this option will change all Moodle headers and options to the chosen language. It will not translate course content into a different language.
- Changing these preferences will change your emails and tracking for most discussion forums.
- Some discussion forums have default subscription and tracking options that cannot be changed by users.
Email digest type: chooses how emails about discussion forum posts will be sent. This applies only to discussion forums that you subscribe to.
- No digest: You will receive an individual email notification for each discussion post.
- Complete: You will receive one email daily (per discussion forum) with the full text of the posts within the email.
- Subjects: You will receive one email daily (per discussion forum) with only the subjects of the discussion posts.
- Forum auto-subscribe: if yes is chosen, you will automatically be subscribed to a forum when you post to it.
- Forum tracking: if yes is chosen, Moodle will highlight those posts you have not yet read each time you enter a discussion forum.
- When sending forum post notifications: if yes is chosen, posts will be marked read when you read the notifications.
- Allows you to change the text editor options you will have in discussion forums and other online text areas. The default editor contains all the tools you should need for your course.
- Changes the activity chooser option. This only applies to instructors and other course creators.
- Time display format: Switch between 12 and 24 hour time. The default will match the chosen language.
- First day of the week: Whichever day is chosen here will be displayed first in your Moodle calendar.
- Maximum upcoming events: Adjusts the number of events shown in the upcoming events box in a course. Using a large number could take up a lot of screen space.
- Remember filter settings: if yes is chosen, Moodle will keep the same event filter settings between each use.
- Unlike other preferences, these settings appear in a toolbar on the right side of the screen.
- Privacy: Choose if you want classmates and contacts or only contacts to contact you via Moodle messenger.
- Notification Preferences: If email is enabled, you will receive email notifications for message.
- General: If Use enter to send is enabled, typing enter will send the message instead of having to click the send button.
- This area lets you choose how you want to receive notifications for a variety of events on Moodle.
- For each event, there are two main types of notifications, Web and Email.
- Web: Notifications are sent within the Moodle website or app. Notifications will be indicated by a red number next to the bell in the upper right corner of the screen.
Email: Notifications are sent to the email address that is listed in your Moodle profile.
- Clicking the Gear in the email column allows you to switch between Plain text and HTML emails.
- Each notification type is also divided between Online and Offline.
- Online: How you receive notifications when you are logged in to Moodle.
- Offline: How you receive notifications when you are not logged in to Moodle.
- For each event, click the red/green off/on buttons to toggle between the settings.
- If you only want to receive email notifications: set all the buttons in the Web column to Off and all the buttons in the Email column to On.
- If you only want to receive notifications within Moodle: set all the buttons in the Web column to On and all the buttons in the Email column to Off.
- If you want to receive email notifications when you're not logged in and Moodle notifications when you are: set all the buttons in the Web Online column to On, the Web Offline column to Off, the Email Online column to Off, and the Email Offline column to On.
- Each event can have its own setting.
- You can turn all the notifications to Off by clicking the Disable notifications checkbox, but it is recommended that you do not do so.
Using a Computer
MLC's Moodle site is available from any device with an internet browser and internet connection. If you are using a mobile device (tablet or smartphone) you can access Moodle from the browser or from the Moodle App.
- Open the internet browser on your computer. It is recommended that you use the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Safari.
- Navigate to moodle.mlc-wels.edu
- Log in using your MLC account.
- If you already know your username and password, enter them in the appropriate boxes and click Log in.
- If you do not, please see the section on Initial MLC Account Credentials.
- If you had a username and password previously, but have forgotten one or both, please see this section.
- If you need additional assistance, please contact MLC Network Services.
- Use your Moodle Dashboard to navigate to your courses and Moodle profile.
Moodle offers a mobile app that allows students to view course content and complete many course activities from a mobile device. The app is available from Google Play and the Apple Store.
- Download and install the app for your device. Visit the Moodle App Download page or search your device's app store.
- Visit the Moodle App Documentation page for tips and features.
- The first time you open the app, it will ask you for the URL or site address of your Moodle site. Enter moodle.mlc-wels.edu/moodle
- Enter your Moodle username and password.
For additional help with the Moodle App, please see this FAQ page.
Navigation and Features
After logging into Moodle, the Dashboard is the first screen that you will see. The dashboard will show all the visible classes that you're currently enrolled in. The dashboard is also customizable so you can quickly access your current courses and other information.
The following is based on the default view of the Dashboard and does not reflect any customizations you might have made.
1. Top Left Toolbar
- : shows/hides the left-hand menu.
- Moodle: click to go back to your Dashboard from any other Moodle page.
- Website: click to go to the MLC Website.
- Portal: click to go to the MLC Portal.
- Library: click to go to the MLC Library section of the MLC Website.
- English: click to quickly change your displayed language.
2. Top Right Toolbar
- : click to see your notifications.
- : click to access Moodle Messenger.
- Your Name/Photo: click to get back to the Dashboard, edit your profile, view your grades, access Moodle Messenger, adjust your preferences, or log out of Moodle.
3. Customize This Page
- Click here to customize your dashboard.
4. Recently Accessed Courses
- Shows the courses that you have recently accessed. This list is automatically populated.
5. Course Overview
- Shows all the visible courses that you're currently enrolled in.
- Only courses that instructors have made available are visible here. See the FAQs for more information.
: click to adjust the filter for the course overview section.
- All (except hidden): shows all courses except for those that either you or your instructor have hidden from view.
- In Progress: shows all visible courses in the current semester.
- Future: shows all visible courses in future semesters. Note that due to current MLC practice, you likely will not see any courses in this view.
- Past: shows all visible courses from past semesters. Note that due to copyright concerns, instructors typically hide courses a few weeks after the end of the semester.
- Starred: shows all courses that you have marked with a star.
- Hidden: shows all courses that you have hidden.
: click to adjust how courses are sorted in the course overview section.
- Course Name: sorts courses alphabetically by the name of the course.
- Last Accessed: sorts courses based on the last time you accessed the course.
- : click to adjust how the courses are displayed in the course overview section.
- Show: click to adjust how many courses are shown on the page. If you have more courses than the chosen number, either choose a bigger number to show more courses or use the arrows that will be in the bottom right corner of the Couse Overview section to see the next page of courses.
6. Latest News
- Shows news posts from the Moodle administrator. Check here for information about scheduled Moodle maintenance, updates, and new features.
- If your courses have items with dates attached to them, the timeline shows the upcoming items for all of your courses.
- : click to change which items are visible based on their due date.
- : click to sort by date or by course.
- Show: click to adjust how many items are visible in the list.
8. Upcoming Events
- Shows the calendar events for all of your courses. This is only populated if your course utilizes the course calendar.
Customize Your Dashboard
Editing Existing Blocks
- To begin customizing your dashboard, click Customize this page (#3 in the image above) after logging into Moodle.
- After you click, two additional icons will appear within each page block.
- : click or click and drag to rearrange the block on the dashboard. Blocks can be located in the main center area or in the smaller column on the right. On a narrow browser window or mobile device, the right column blocks will appear at the bottom of the page.
: click to access the settings for the individual block.
- Configure block: brings you to the options specific to the block.
- Hide block: hides the block from your Dashboard.
- Delete block: removes the block from your Dashboard.
- When you're finished customizing your Dashboard, click Stop customizing this page in the top right corner. The customization icons will disappear.
- To reset the Dashboard to the settings shown in the image above, click Reset page to default.
Adding New Blocks
- To add a new block to your dashboard, click Customize this page (#3 in the image above) after logging into Moodle.
- If the left menu is hidden, click to make it visible.
- Click Add a block at the bottom of the left menu.
- Choose the type of block you'd like to add from the resulting list.
- See this list for explanations of the available blocks. Note that not all of the blocks listed are available for student use.
- After you click on the name of the block you'd like to add, it will appear at the top of the column on the right. Rearrange the blocks and edit the block's settings using the directions above.
The following is what a course card looks like if the Dashboard is set to show Cards. Similar features are available in the List or Summary views.
- The name and department of the course. To view the full course name, choose the List or Summary views.
- Click here for options to Star or Hide the course. Starred and hidden courses can then be filtered.
- If course completion is enabled, this shows the percentage of course activities that you've completed.
After you click on a course in your Moodle Dashboard, you will be taken to the course home page. The content of each course home page will vary depending on how your instructor has designed the course, but the following features are typical of each course.
1. Moodle Toolbar: this toolbar remains the same on any Moodle page. Its features are described on the Moodle Dashboard page.
3. : click here to view a list of your classmates and instructor for this course.
4. : click here to view your grades for this class. Visit the page on Checking Grades and Feedback for more information about this section.
5. : each section in the course will be listed here. Instructors often organize their courses by topic, lesson, or unit.